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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - Jan 01, 2002 (first published in 1960)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
Law School Confidential
A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience
Robert H. Miller - Apr 26, 2011 (first published in 2000)
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Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview o...
Letters to a Law Student
Nicholas McBride - Oct 31, 2017 (first published in 2006)
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"Letters to a Law Student "relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study....
White by Law 10th Anniversary Edition
Ian Haney López - Oct 01, 2006 (first published in 1996)
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White by Law was published in 1996 to immense critical acclaim, and established Ian Haney Lopez as one of the most exciting and talented young minds in the legal academy. The first book to fully explore the social and specifically legal construction of race, White by Law inspired a generation of critical race theorists and others interested in the ...
The Story Of My Life
Clarence Darrow - Aug 22, 1996 (first published in 1932)
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In The Story of My Life Darrow recounts, & reflects on, his more than fifty years as a corporate, labor & criminal lawyer, including the most celebrated & notorious cases of his day: establishing the legal right of a union to strike in the Woodworkers' Conspiracy Case; exposing, on behalf of the United Mine Workers, the shocking conditions in the m...
Getting To Maybe
How to Excel on Law School Exams
Richard Michael Fischl - May 25, 1999
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Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers" and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more th...
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Nick Szabo
The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - Jan 07, 2020 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
The Color of Law
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
Richard Rothstein - May 01, 2018
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In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate age...
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Theodora Lau
Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates - Jul 14, 2015
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“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s his...
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
Angela Y. Davis - Feb 09, 2016 (first published in 2015)
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In these newly collected essays, interviews, and speeches, world-renowned activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis illuminates the connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, D...
The Elements of Style
William Strunk Jr. - Aug 01, 1999 (first published in 1918)
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'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of 'The Elements of Style' details eight elementa...
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
Discipline & Punish by Michel Foucault
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
Becoming Ms. Burton by Susan Burton
Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
Down, Out, and Under Arrest by Forrest Stuart
Pushout by Monique Morris
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane
Denial by Deborah E. Lipstadt
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
America's Constitution by Akhil Reed Amar
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Captive Genders by Eric A. Stanley
Dominion by Matthew Scully
Because of Sex by Gillian Thomas
The Framers' Coup by Michael J. Klarman
The Legal Analyst by Ward Farnsworth
Resistance Behind Bars by Victoria Law
The Tools of Argument by Joel P. Trachtman
Perilous Times by Geoffrey R. Stone
Sisters in the Struggle by Bettye Collier-Thomas
The Brethren by Bob Woodward
Undivided Rights by Jael Silliman
Scorpions by Noah Feldman
Only What We Could Carry by Lawson Fusao Inada
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law by Mark Herrmann
Working With Contracts by Charles M. Fox
Ratification by Pauline Maier
The First Civil Right by Naomi Murakawa
Great Dissent by Thomas Healy
Policing the Planet by Jordan T. Camp
Inherently Unequal by Lawrence Goldstone
Unequal Freedom by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Cross-Examination Handbook by Ronald H. Clark
International Law by Malcolm Evans
Ballot Battles by Edward Foley
A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction by Laura F. Edwards
Covenant With Death by Stephen Becker by
Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement by Jennifer Nelson
Family Law by William P. Statsky
Vagrant Nation by Risa Goluboff
The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 by Terri Diane Halperin
Carnal Crimes by Constance Backhouse
Drawing the Line by Steven M. Wise
What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? by Randall Abate
Maritime Law by Yvonne Baatz
The Drone Memos by Jameel Jaffer
McGraw-Hill's Real Estate Law for Paralegals by McGraw Hill
Courting Death by Carol S. Steiker
Business Law by Kenneth W. Clarkson
Guide to Intellectual Property by The Economist
My Life in Court by Louis Nizer
The Legal System of the People's Republic of China in a Nutshell by Daniel C. K. Chow
Governing Immigration Through Crime by Julie A. Dowling
The Legal Ideology of Removal by Tim Alan Garrison
The Common Legal Past of Europe, 1000-1800 by Manlio Bellomo
The Taming of Free Speech by Laura Weinrib
Intellectual Property Law by Kurt Saunders
Lawyer Interrupted by Amy Impellizzeri
Success Is Within by Payal Nanjiani
Lawyers and Legal Culture in British North America by Philip Girard
The Regulation of Animal Health and Welfare by John McEldowney
Civil Rights Stories by Myriam Gilles
Women and the Law by Elizabeth M. Schneider
Animal Law by David S. Favre
Feminist Legal History by Tracy A. Thomas
Chinese Commercial Law by Maarten Roos
Animal Law and the Courts by Taimie L. Bryant
Republic of Debtors by Bruce H. Mann
Transgender Employment Experiences by Kyla Bender-Baird
Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog
The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb
BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN by LINDA GREENHOUSE
The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinsky
Constitutional Law by Erwin Chemerinsky
Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business by Fred S. Steingold
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Long, Lingering Shadow by Robert J. Cottrol
Uncertain Justice by Laurence Tribe
And the Dead Shall Rise by Steve Oney
A People's History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
QueerJustice by Joey L. Mogul